Make the most of our time with the Flame

LOCOG handout photo of people lining the streets as Torchbearer 031 Jack Kennedy carries the Olympic Flame through Omagh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 5, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Torch. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/LOCOG/PA Wire'NOTE: The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.
LOCOG handout photo of people lining the streets as Torchbearer 031 Jack Kennedy carries the Olympic Flame through Omagh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 5, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Torch. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/LOCOG/PA Wire'NOTE: The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.

Plan ahead and avoid travelling when the Torch is in town - that’s the advice from officials ahead of next week’s Olympic extravaganza.

Northumberland County Council has issued guidelines ahead of the London 2012 Torch Relay, which passes through the area on Thursday and Friday.

Some of the county’s key roads will be temporarily closed by rolling roadblocks and event organisers are asking the public to plan their routes carefully over the two-day period to avoid delays.

The Torch will be accompanied by a 40-vehicle convoy which will include key sponsors, the Metropolitan and Northumbria Police, torchbearers and national and international media.

Nigel Walsh, head of the Northumberland 2012 team at the county council said: “It is absolutely fantastic that Northumberland has the Torch over three days and the communities on route are planning a variety of celebrations to welcome the Olympic Flame.

“Understandably, an event of this size cannot be put on without some disruption to the road network. We will be trying to minimise these impacts but the reality is that the convoy will be moving at walking speed while the Torch is being carried.

“The majority will be closures will be rolling, this means that the road will close just prior to the Torch convoy arriving and will re-open straight afterwards and it is hoped that any disruption will be very temporary but no vehicles will be able to join or cross the highway while the convoy is moving in the direction of travel.”

On Thursday in Bamburgh, the B1342 road through the village will close at 5.30pm for the Torch Relay and is expected to reopen at around 6.30pm.

In Alnwick, the B1340 and B6346 will then be closed from 5.45pm until around 7.20pm, as the Torch passes through Alnwick on its way to the Pastures.

On Friday, the road between the Market Place and the A1068 at Oaky Balks will close from 7.15am to 7.40am.

Alnwick will also see some complete road closures to accommodate the Festival of Alnwick. The Market Place will close to traffic from noon tomorrow until 6pm next Friday.

Narrowgate closes for markets between 4am and 6pm, with a diversion along Fenkle Street, on Saturday, then continuously from 4am Wednesday to 6pm Friday for a funfair.

Bondgate Within will close on Thursday from 4am to midnight for Alnwick Markets and the Torch Relay entry into the town centre.

At Hipsburn on Friday, the A1068 will close between 7.30am and 7.50am.

Warkworth will follow from 7.50am to 8.05am, while Amble will be affected by the convoy from 8.10am to 8.30am.

Nigel added: “Those who are able to walk or take public transport to see the Torch, are being asked to do so to help avoid any congestion.”

Visit northumberlan din2012.northumberland.gov.uk for further details.